Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Warmer temps and lots of precipitation have increased flows and the pre runoff has begun. Try a flashy attractor as your point fly and follow it with a smaller mayfly or caddis nymph. Target soft water on the banks and behind rocks.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Animas River is currently Fish somewhere else this week

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Water flow: 3000

Visibility: 4 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Moderately Turbid

Best time of day to fish: 10am-2pm

Best stretch: Main Street Bridge

Best access point: Rotary Park

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Mayflies, caddis, midges, stoneflies,

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: year round

Nearest airport: Durango La Plata County

Animas River Description

The Animas River begins its 126 mile journey high in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado. It's full name, Rio de las Animas Perdidas, The River of Lost Souls, gives an air of mystery to this incredible fishery. The Animas begins as a small creek full of feisty brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. It drops down through the mountain canyons picking up tributaries and snow melt along its way until ...

Techniques & Tips

The Animas near Silverton is typical high country creek fishing. There are mostly brookies and some cutthroat. Ideally, a single dry fly is my favorite way to fish this water. If conditions dictate a small #16 beadhead dropped off the dry should do the trick. In town, nymphing or streamers have been the go to methods. Attractor patterns like a worm or egg pattern followed by a midge have been productive. There are also some big predatory fish that have taken streamers recently. If the clarity is low try a black or flashy streamer along the banks and in slower pockets where the big boys may be hiding out.

7-Day Forecast

The temps have been all over the place lately . Dress warm for the cold mornings and be sure to wear layers to stay comfortable as the day warms. Don't forget the sunscreen and to drink plenty of water. The warmer temps have started the runoff and the water is dirty. A cold spell should bring the clarity back before the full runoff really gets going.


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